Long-distance presentations delivered through PDF slides and telephone calls can be difficult to follow, especially when presenters skip pages or when the audience isn’t sure where to begin. Black Tonic is a web-based presentation tool that designers and other professionals can use to unveil their work to clients in a way that isn’t confusing or complicated.
Black Tonic makes it easier for people to conduct remote presentations by allowing presenters to control the pace and flow of their slides. Create a new presentation by heading to the Black Tonic site and giving your latest project a name. Create separate slides just as you would in a Power Point presentation, then upload the images that you want to appear. When you’re ready to go, you can share the special link that Black Tonic provides with clients or coworkers. Clients can see the first page of your presentation by clicking on your link, but they can’t move between slides until you’re ready to go. As the presentation creator, you will control when the slides switch and the pace at which the presentation moves, which means you can prevent people from skipping ahead or seeing certain designs before you’ve had time to explain the context surrounding your ideas. Once your presentation is complete, set it to “Review” to let your audience return and view your presentation on their own at any time in the future.
Black Tonic is not the same thing as screen sharing, and clients can’t see what you’re doing on the back-end while your presentation is ongoing. This makes it possible for you to add or remove slides on the fly without the client ever knowing. Black Tonic works on any type of screen – including iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices –which is useful when dealing with clients who may not be using the latest systems in their workplaces or homes.
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